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Posted on: April 10, 2018

Marshalltown Student Wins "If I Were Mayor" Essay Contest

Brianna Hargrave

"If I were mayor, I would want to accomplish as many good things as my great grandpa achieved."  This is how Brianna Hargrave, a 7th Grader at Marshalltown Christian School, started her winning essay.  Hargrave is the great granddaughter to former Marshalltown Mayor Howard Stegmann, and used her family connections and personal knowledge of what it takes to be Mayor to write the best essay in Iowa's 2nd Congressional District.  As part of this achievement, Hargrave and her family got to meet with the Governor and be recognized.  She was also recognized by the City Council at the April 9th Council meeting, where she read her award-winning essay.  "It's so great to have young people doing great things be recognized at the beginning of our meetings," Mayor Joel Greer stated.  "I wish she was Mayor!"

The "If I Were Mayor" essay contest is put on annually by the Iowa League of Cities as a way to promote good city government and encourage and inspire our future mayors.  More information about the contest and the other winning essays can be found by visiting the Iowa League of Cities website.

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If I Were Mayor by Brianna Hargrave

If I were mayor, I would want to accomplish as many good things as my great grandpa achieved. My great grandpa, Mayor Howard Stegmann, was elected and served eight years as mayor of Marshalltown, so I sat down and interviewed him about what it was like to be mayor. He told me he was a concerned citizen and had a plan for our city to build new roads, bridges, and make travel flow smoothly through town. 


I want to serve and make our city better, too. If I were mayor, I would work to bring new business to our city. New businesses would bring more jobs to more people and more money for our city. I would first begin with the huge, empty building on Center Street that used to be the big store, K-Mart. I would speak to the representatives who make the decisions for TJ Max, and I would represent Marshalltown to them. I would tell them Marshalltown is a family friendly place to live and shop, and we try to keep the taxes low for businesses. 


My great grandpa said that the mayor serves as the C.E.O. of the city, and has many things to do. I would be a concerned citizen and a strong mayor just like my great grandpa. I would bring new businesses to Marshalltown, and work with the elected city councilors and city department leaders to keep my city safe, clean, and growing.

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